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John Cleese slammed for using homophobic slur to describe late friend Graham Chapman

The 'Monty Python' star made the comments while live on BBC 4 radio show Today

2018-07-31

John Cleese has been slammed for using a homophobic slur to describe his Monty Python colleague Graham Chapman.

Chapman was one of the six members of the comedy group and was openly gay and a supporter of LGBT rights, but during a live streaming of BBC 4’s radio show Today, Cleese got himself into trouble by describing his late colleague as a “poof”.

When asked about diversity on Monty Python, Cleese responded: “Well that’s true. As you know Terry [Gillian] has decided he’s a black lesbian.

“And Graham Chapman – I’m not allowed to use the word poof, am I? What have I got to say?”

Host Nick Robinson then pointed out that the 78-year-old comedian had already uttered the slur to which Cleese tried to make a joke of it.

He said: “Right, Graham was homosexual and also dead. So that’s a certain amount of diversity.”

Listeners took to social media to vent at the homophobic slur and slammed him for using the term live on radio.